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Woodside should reconsider James Price Point, despite Barnett’s requests to stay

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 22 Sep 2011

 

Woodside should move their proposed LNG hub from James Price Point, despite the pleas of WA Premier Colin Barnett, the Australian Greens said today.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on the Kimberley said relocating the site did not mean that the area’s Traditional Owners needed to miss out on important community investment.

“Wikileaks cables have indicated pressure was applied to the joint venture partners to accept Woodside's choice of development location, so I’m sure the partners would appreciate the opportunity to look at alternative sites,” Senator Siewert said today.

“Woodside should seriously reconsider their decision, despite the pleas from Premier Colin Barnett to stay put.

“There has been strong, consistent opposition to the plan to locate the hub at James Price Point and this is clearly having an effect.

“It is important to remember that irrespective of where the gas is processed, there should be a financial benefit returned to the Traditional Owners in the Kimberley.

"The Traditional Owners should benefit from any gas extracted from this region, but that does not require the processing hub to locate at James Price Point.

“An alternative site should be selected with careful consideration of community and environmental factors, irrespective of what Premier Barnett may think,” Senator Siewert concluded.

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